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Current PhDs and MDs

PhDs - in progress: (6) 2017- Supervisor: Professor RA Kenny
Celia O’Hare, Clinical Research Fellow & Old Age Psychiatrist, St. James’s Hospital
Siobhan Scarlett, TILDA Research Assistant
Susie O’Callaghan Clinical Research Fellow & Specialist Registrar, Geriatric Medicine, St. James’s Hospital
Triona Mc Nicholas Clinical Research Fellow, Geriatric Medicine, St. James’s Hospital
Joanna Orr – IRC PhD Scholar, TILDA Research Assistant
Deirdre O’Connor, TILDA Research Assistant
 
MDs - in progress:  (3)
Robert Briggs
Anne Buckley
Caoilfhionn Ní Leidhin

Previous PhDs and MDs Awarded

2017

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project
Dr. Prakash Kumar M.Sc Prof RA Kenny   2017 Impact of assistance on the quality of life of older adults with ADL and IADL disabilities
Dr. Jaspreet Bhangu PhD Prof RA Kenny   2017 Cardiovascular associations of falls and syncope in the elderly
Dr. Helen O’Brien PhD Prof RA Kenny   2017 The impact of hospitalization on cognition, mooed and physical outcomes in older adults
Dr. Tim Foran, PhD Prof RA Kenny   2017 Measurement of variability in gait with application to older adults.

2016

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project
Dr. Blaithin Ni Bhuachalla, PhD Prof RA Kenny   2016 The investigation of the relationship between neuro cardiovascular instability and vision.

2015

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project
Dr. Deirdre Robertson PhD Prof RA Kenny   2015 The Influence of Perceptions of Ageing on Physical and Cognitive Outcomes

2014

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project
Dr. John Frewen PhD Prof RA Kenny   2014 Autonomic influences on cognitive performance at a population level
Dr. Claire O’Regan PhD Prof RA Kenny   2014 Autonomic Function and Depression in Older Adults
Michelle Sybring MSc BioEng Prof RA Kenny   2014  

2013

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project
Joseph Morrow MSc BioEng Prof RA Kenny   2013 Identifying the Spectrum of Cardiac Output and Total Peripheral Resistance Responses in Older Adults Using Epidemiological and Clustering Methods
Sigrid Dupan MSc BioEng Prof RA Kenny   2013 A Novel Measure of Neural and Mechanical Baroreflex Sensitivity: Understanding Its Relationship to Active Stand Responses in Older Adults”.
Michael Carmody MSc BioEng Prof RA Kenny   2013 Combining the Active Stand Test and Pattern Recognition Methods to Predict Vasovagal Syncope
Dr. Daniel Ryan PhD Prof RA Kenny   2013 Haemodynamic stroke and transient ischaemic attack secondary to neurocardiovascular instability
Dr. Kathryn Richardson PhD Prof RA Kenny   2013 Multiple medication use in the middle and older age population
Dr. Hilary Cronin PhD Prof RA Kenny   2013 Fear of Falling in Older Adults
Dr. Donal Skelly PhD Prof RA Kenny   2013 Delineating molecular mechanisms of Inflammation-Induced Delirium using a novel mouse model
James Hanney M.Sc Dr Ronan Collins   Jan 2013 Psychosocial adaptation to stroke in young adults: a qualitative, longitudinal analysis.

2012

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Dr. Carol Stone PhD Prof RA Kenny   2012 An investigation of the incidence of falling and risk factors for falls in adults with advanced cancer   
Niamh Collins Ph.D. Prof Davis Coakley 2007 2012 Ocular Microtremor as a 
Clinical and Scientific Tool in Neurologic Disease;
Validation and Application of a Generalised Discovery Protocol
Mercers Institute for Research on Ageing
Dr. Clodagh O’Dwyer PhD Prof RA Kenny April 2009 2012 Vasovagal Syncope and the Older Adult TCD
Dr. Orla Collins PhD Prof RA Kenny April 2009 April 2012 Autonomic influences on Cognitive Impairment – determinants of conversion to dementia HRB translational research award
John Frewen MsC Prof RA Kenny April 2011 April 2012 Prevalence of Atrial fibrillation in TILDA TCD
Dorothy Leahy M. Sc Dr Deirdre Desmond 
& Dr. Ronan Collins
June 2010 June 2012 Experiences of stroke in young adults: a qualitative analysis Meath Foundation
Dr. Aine Ni Mhaolain PhD Prof B Lawlor   10/2012 Frailty in an older population ELAN
A Lopez-Valdes MSc Prof R Reilly 2001 2012 Mathematical processing of audio cues to improve hearing with cochlear implants TCD
E Chah PhD Prof R Reilly 2007 2012 Mathematical processing of electrophysiology with applications to implanted electrodes TCD
N Steinemann MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Mathematical modelling of head direction cells TCD
Noor S MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Recording of hippocampal place cells in freely moving animals TCD
H Kiiski PhD Prof R Reilly 2009 2012 Neurophysiological assessment of cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis TCD
H Nolan PhD Prof R Reilly 2008 2012 Multisensory integration in the vestibular system TCD
L Rueda-Delgado MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Quantitative analysis of acute brain injury TCD
D Bradley PhD Prof R Reilly 2008 2012 Temporal discrimination threshold as an endophenotype in adult onset primary torsion dystonia TCD
N Reynolds MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Diffusion tensor imaging of task induced epilepsy TCD
A Davacan MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Temporal discrimination threshold assessment in dystonia TCD
A Fanning MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Temporal discrimination threshold assessment in dystonia TCD
ASM Shamsu Arefin MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Quantitative EEG analysis of task induced epilepsy TCD
E Mooney MSc Prof R Reilly 2011 2012 Tremor assessment in neurological disorders TCD

2011

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Dr Sean Kennelly PhD Prof RA Kenny 2008 April 2011 An investigation of the safety, efficacy and possible mechanisms of action, of the antihypertensive nilvadipine, in patients with mild moderate Alzheimer’s disease/ Roskamp Neurosciences Institute
Ciaran Finucane PhD Prof RA Kenny 2005 January 2011 Analysis and Biophysical Modelling of Baroreflex Stimulation with Applications in Syncope and Falls Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing
Dr. Damien Gallagher PhD Prof B Lawlor   03/2011 Caregiver burden in Alzheimer’s disease ELAN
M Van Dort MSc Prof R Reilly 2010 2011 Closed loop recording and stimulation in implanted devices TCD
L Krijser MSc Prof R Reilly 2010 2011 Thin filament electrode design for deep brain recording TCD
S Meredith PhD Prof R Reilly 2004 2011 Diffusion Imaging:  A fast marching approach to tractography (with Dr Kathleen Curran) TCD
A Power PhD Prof R Reilly 2006 2011 Endogenous Auditory spatial attention in auditory cortex TCD
R Sobolewski MSc Prof R Reilly 2008 2011 An investigation of cognitive aging: an EEG study.  Awaiting graduation TCD
D Nolan MSc Prof R Reilly 2009 2011 Analysis of the aortic valve dynamics using endolumental measurements TCD
M Cheung MSc Prof R Reilly 2010 2011 Assessment kinematic movement in fMRI TCD
C Brennan MSc Prof R Reilly 2010 2011 Influence of dual taskig on gait variability TCD
C Murphy MSc Prof R Reilly 2010 2011 Forced oscillatory measurements in pulmonary diseases TCD
J Browne PhD Prof JB Walsh 2008 2011 An investigation of risk factors for fracture in patients with osteoporosis using biochemical. Biomechanical and radiological assessments Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing & St. James’s Hospital.

2010

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Dr A Chin MD Dr C Cunningham 2003 2010 Vascular correlates of cognitive performance in a community based elderly population Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing
Dr Roman Romer-Ortuno PhD Prof RA Kenny Oct 2007 Dec 2010 Orthostatic Hypotension as a marker of Frailty in Older People TRIL
Dr. Aoibhin Lynch PhD Prof B Lawlor   2010 Genotype and phenoype in Alzheimer’s dementia ELAN
G Browett MSc Prof R Reilly 2009 2010 Artefact Refjection in movement based EEG studies TCD
D Robinson MSc Dr Melissa McCullough 2008 2010 The Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act – Deal or no Deal? HSE Training Fund

2009

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Mohammed Ali Al-Kalbani   Ph.D.  Prof Davis Coakley 2005 2009 Ocular Microtremor Measurement, Characterization & Analysis SFI
Dr D Robinson MD Dr C Cunningham 2006 2009 Vitamin B12 in the elderly and its relationship to cognition,falls & balance, mood & mortality Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing
DM Pitorac MSc Prof R Reilly 2008 2009 Automatically adapting mattress for the prevention of pressure sores and ulceration TCD

2008

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Dr Geraldine McMahon PhD Prof RA Kenny   April 2008 The effect of acute traumatic brain injury on cardiovascular homeostasis St James Hospital
Dr Chie Wei Fan MD Dr C Cunningham 2006 2008 Sleeping with the head of the bed tilted up: physiology and therapy Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing
R C Moran PhD Prof R Reilly 2004 2008 Neural mass models of the electroencephalogram-a unifying framework TCD
F Lahart MSc Prof R Reilly 2007 2008 Home based stroke rehabilitation TCD
J Roche MSc Prof R Reilly 2007 2008 Use of abdominal pressure for orthostatic tolerance in patients with autonomic failure TCD

2002

Student Name Degree Supervisor Start date Date of Submission Title of Project Funding Source
Dr Michelle O’Reilly PhD Dr C Cunningham 1999 2002 Hormonal and emotional regulation of memory processes Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing